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“I was never fond of towns, houses, society, or (it seems) civilisation”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2239.]  To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 204-6] Union Club, Sydney [19 August 1890] My dear Henry … Continue reading

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“Sail today, I don’t know where”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2227.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters p. 267; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Sydney, 10 April 1890] My dear Charles, I have been quite knocked over; go back islands four months, pick up again; sail … Continue reading

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“We are now about to rise, like whales, from this long dive”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2192.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 169-71] Schooner Equator, at sea, Wednesday, 4th … Continue reading

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“To other lands and nights my fancy turned”

The following, written in the last days of the sail southwards from the Gilberts to Samoa, contains the full plan of the South Sea book as it had then been conceived. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney … Continue reading

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“Try to believe in our continued existence”

[For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2184.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 260-1] Honolulu, June 19th, 1889. My dear Lady Taylor, Our new home, the Equator, trading schooner, rides at the buoy to-night, … Continue reading

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“Aita te pahi – no ship”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2181.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 250-1; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, 16 June 1889 My dear Charles, Herewith a certified copy of my new will necessitated by fresh … Continue reading

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“I have seen sights that cannot be told, and heard stories that cannot be repeated”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2176.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 151-4] Honolulu, [early] June 1889 My dear Colvin, I am … Continue reading

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“My horror of the horrible is about my weakest point”

RLS’s account of his visit is to the leper colony on Molokai island, Hawaii. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2174.] To … Continue reading

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“I think it needful to warn you not to be in a hurry to suppose us dead”

The reference in the first paragraph is to the publication in the press, which Baxter had permitted, of one of RLS’s letters written during the earlier part of his voyage. RLS had remonstrated, always greatly disliking the publication of private … Continue reading

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“The night draws on and I must be on ‘the eight seas’ tomorrow”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2161.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 246-7: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Honolulu, 25 April 1889] My dear Charles, I forget if I have made my plans clear to you. … Continue reading

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